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NHS Staff Will Able to Refuse Non-Emergency Treatment to Patients Being Racist or Sexist : Global Citizen


NHS Staff will able to refuse non-emergency treatment to patients being racist, sexist, or homophobic under new rules from April.

Source: NHS Staff Will Able to Refuse Non-Emergency Treatment to Patients Being Racist or Sexist : Global Citizen

Quakers and Airbnb Boycott Israeli Occupation of Palestine


There are many areas and events that are not acceptable, the Israeli attitude to Palestinians, but also the Palestinians attitude to Israelis.

Both are wrong in some respects and right in others.

Whether it was right to create Israel is up for discussion, but to reverse this act is not right, but neither is it right for Israel to continue to fight Palestinians and for Palestinians to fight Israelis. Both have to come to accept what has been created and learn to live together for the common good for all.

The fanatics on both sides have to stop their aggressive actions, for it is the innocents on both sides that are suffering in the current climate and innocents should never be made to suffer on the whims of others.

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I found this video from RT which was posted yesterday, Wednesday 21st November 2018 on YouTube. It reports that the Quakers have banned investing in companies which profit through Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The Quakers stated that

Our long history of working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel has opened our eyes to the many injustices and violations of international law arising from the military occupation of Palestine by the Israeli government.

With the occupation now in its 51st year, and with no end in sight, we believe we have a moral duty to state publicly that we will not invest in any company profiting from the occupation.

This is, apparently, the first time a British church had made such a move, and the Quakers have been criticized by Jewish groups, which claim that it is a reference to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement. the Board of…

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After the Secret Flights to Deport Windrush Migrants, No-One Is Safe in Tory Britain


We all need to look at ourselves and judge who of us is racist as we all have a right of live. Just because someone, for whatever reason may be different is no reason to be abusive to each other.

There should be zero tolerance on racist attitudes so that we can all live in peace with each other.

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Mike in his articles attacking May and her truly foul decision to destroy the evidence needed for the Windrush migrants to show their right to live in our wonderful country also mentioned that poem by Martin Niemoller. Niemoller was one of the scandalously few Christians in Nazi Germany to oppose the regime. You know the poem. It’s become something of a cliché – It opens with the various groups the Nazis came for, with the refrain ‘I did not speak out, because I was not’ whichever group was being attacked. It ends with the line that when they finally came for him, there was no-one to stand up for him. This was the reality in Nazi Germany. The Nazis attacked group after group, not just Jews, but also Gypsies, Socialists, Communists, trade unionists, the disabled, and other political and religious dissidents. And it had an effect. The Catholic Centre Party…

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Hope Not Hate: No Springtime for British Nazis


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Here’s a bit of good news from the anti-racism/ anti-religious extremism organisation, Hope Not Hate. Media reports of a resurgence in the Far Right are more than a little exaggerated. They aren’t experiencing a rise. In his piece for ‘The Insiders Blog’, Matthew Collins reports that the NF, BNP, English Defence League and their ilk are still small, nasty and brutal. They have about 200 members in prison, and another forty or so are on remand waiting to be sentenced. And unlike the Nazi party in late Weimar Germany and the first years of the Third Reich, they’re aren’t finding new recruits. The Far Right have less than a quarter of the membership they enjoyed at their peak in 2009, when they had 60 councillors up and down the country.

There has been an increase in racism, but Collins makes the point that, unfortunately, the stormtroopers of British Fascism don’t…

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Miley Cyrus Puts a Wrecking Ball into Trump


Well said, Trump picks and choses who he attacks in relation to the audience he is endeavouring to impress. If you look at some of his sponsors his attacks could easily transfer to other ethnic communities. Within his supporters some appear to just be listening to what appeals to them and would, apparently not listen to what does not appeal to them and if you analysis his speeches there are in many respects contradictory.

If he becomes President how will the world view his rhetoric for to attack and insult some of the other leaders in the world, could easily have devastating consequences for the future of the world. Today no country is an island, especially one with so many weapons of mass destruction.

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Mike over at Vox Political has put up a piece reporting that pop chanteuse Miley Cyrus has given her succinct opinion of the New York Nazi, Donald Trump. And it wasn’t approving. She described him as ‘a –ing nightmare’, and in the colourful demotic of contemporary rap, expressed her physical disgust and wish to leave the country.

Quite.

I realise that Cyrus isn’t exactly everyone’s musical cup of tea. She was Hannah Montana, but after growing up she decided to make her act much more raunchy, to the angry dismay of moralists, and the delight of Daily Mail journalists as they rushed to their keyboards to knock off stories about what an evil menace to western civilisation she is, and how twerking should be banned, with full pics so you can share the outrage too. But she’s done something cool here. And she’s right: Donald Trump is indeed a nightmare.

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Trump Mocks Sikh Protestor at Rally


Trump is extremely dangerous for if he becomes President, his unstable behaviour and his outlandish statements could be the final tipping point to WWIII.

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This video comes from the 26th of last month – January, 2016. It shows Donald Trump sneering at a Sikh protestor wearing a turban and holding a banner saying, ‘End Hate’. The guy is grabbed by Trump’s stewards and guided – or manhandled, depending on your point of view – towards the exit. As he goes, Trump asks ‘Was he wearing one of those hats?’ It appears to be a reference to the guy’s turban, which Sikhs wear for the same reason they don’t cut their hair and have beards: it’s part of their religion.

The incident occurs just when Trump is in full-flow about the al-Qaeda terrorists in 9/11 flying the planes into the Twin Towers. I’m not sure this is a coincidence. In Britain, the first victims of the backlash against Muslims after 9/11 were Sikhs, because Osama bin Laden was wearing a turban in his propaganda video…

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Trump and the Rounding Up of Arabs and Muslims in America after 9/11


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I’ve been blogging about Trump’s Fascist demands to prevent Muslims entering the US on the grounds that they represent a terrorist threat, simply through the actions of what is a tiny number of extremists. He also wants Muslims already in America to be registered. Along with his comments about building a wall to keep out Mexicans, his organisation’s suspicion of Black workers, and the violence he has encouraged at his rallies against protestors and journalists, it is fair to call Trump what he is: a Fascist. Jewish Americans have been particularly alarmed at his violent xenophobia, and a little while ago there were demonstrations organised by Jews in 17 American cities.

Trumps demands for the exclusion and state surveillance of Muslims can be traced back to Dubya’s attack on civil liberties in the name of preventing terrorist after 9/11. John Kampfner in his his book Freedom for Sale: How We…

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Secular Talk on Trump’s Vagueness as Successful Rhetorical Strategy


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This is a very interesting piece from Secular Talk, in which Kyle Kulinski discusses a piece in Reuters analysing the immense appeal of what looks like Trump’s poor rhetorical ability. Trump contradicts himself, he cuts himself off early, and he uses vague words instead of better, more descriptive vocabulary. The article cites as an example a sentence from Trump’s speech demanding that Muslims should be stopped from entering America. He stated ‘We need to do something, because something’s going on’. Or something like that.

Now instead of being the mark of a poor speaker, it’s actually a very persuasive rhetorical tactic with its own technical term: enthememe. It’s convincing because it makes the orators hearers persuade themselves by filling in the blanks in the speech with what they want to hear. And Trump throws contradictory statements about policy issues out willy-nilly. At one point, Trump will state he supports a…

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What if America Loved Black People the way they Love Appropriating Black Culture?


Original post from Daily Kos

‘…………..byFrank Vyan Walton

  Vyan RSS  Daily Kos member  Profile

 

 

I’m gonna let this largely speak for itself as a statement about modern culture and modern race relations.  I will note first that this young lady is only 16 years old and then I’ll add my own commentary over the flip.

Via Rawstory.

The line between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange is always going to be blurred,” 16-year-old Amandla Stenberg says in the video. “But here’s the thing: Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed as high fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves. Appropriation occurs when the appropriator is not aware of the deep significance of the culture that they are partaking in.”he video, titled “Don’t Cash Crop My Corn Rows,” began as a school project but got wider attention after being posted online. Stenberg shows clips of singers Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry engaging in the behavior in both their attire and, in Cyrus’ case, her emphasis on “twerking” while using black women as “props.”

“What would America be like if we loved black people as much as black culture?” Stenberg asks.

Now Amandia Stenberg isn’t just a regular person.  Well, not exactly. She’s considerably media savvy since she starred as the character Rue in the first installment of the Hunger Games trilogy.

Amandia Stenberg as

She was also the target of a vicious racial backlash because many fans of the book apparently didn’t know or realize that the character she played, one that was beloved by many, was always supposed to be black. Via the Washington Post.

Stenberg knows a thing or two about the world’s complicated relationship with race. She was cast in the prominent role of Rue, a young heroine in the first “Hunger Games” movie. As she was in the books, Rue is the soul of the Panem’s rebellion.Rue is also black.

Yet, when Stenberg was cast as the dark-skinned, brown-eyed character in the film, the Internet showed its ugly face. It also showed that it has an oft-times racist face — and a reading-comprehension problem: “Hunger Games” author Suzanne Collins has said specifically that Rue and another character in the book and movie, Thresh, “are African American.”

In the books it’s the death of Rue that sparks much of what follows all the way through to the story’s conclusion.

On Twitter, some questioned why Thresh was cast as a black man. Others said their sorrow at Rue’s death was lessened because the character was played by a black girl. Some tweets included the “n-word.” The outpouring of hatred has spawned an impassioned, and sometimes witty, response.Never mind that these fans of the “Hunger Games” story misread basic descriptive sentences in the narrative. Why do some readers automatically assume characters are white?

So some perceive it as “wrong” for black characters to be played by black people.  That they have less sorrow at their deaths, and less empathy for their life – if they have to imagine that person is black.All of that is because they perceived that character as white in their own minds.

When in fact the author describes the character this way on page 45.

…And most hauntingly, a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that’s she’s very like Prim in size and demeanor…

What exactly did they think she had “Dark Brown Skin” meant, she had a tan?And this is just a character in a story, what then do they feel about real Black People?

Now all of this is somewhat off the point of what Amandia so eloquently states in her video, which was originally part of a school project, but it does provide some context. Some people apparently associate “goodness” with “whiteness’ and when that image is broken they refuse to accept it, they lash out over it.

But when white people effectively steal blackness, grabbing it’s social power but leave actual black people on the sidelines – is it wrong to be outraged and bothered by it all?

One could argue that it doesn’t really matter.  No one can “own” a culture or control every aspect of it as others attempt to enjoy or participate in it.  We all enjoy food from other cultures, we wear clothes from other cultures, we adopt hair-styles and music from all over.  You could suggest that it doesn’t matter if Miley Cyrus twerks or Taylor Swift has corn-rows.

But then again, maybe it does matter if what happens in the end is that the people who originated that culture are essentially getting the shaft in the process.  Their ideas are being taken, their point of view is being watered down, turned into parody and comedy.

And it’s not like this is the first time this has happened.  Long before Hip Hop began to be appropriated by the likes of Vanilla Ice or Limp Bizkit, jazz was appropriated, blues was appropriated, R&B was appropriated, and Rock ‘n Roll was appropriated – all of them – from Black People.

Who’s the most famous jazz musician in the world?  Is is Thelonious Monk or Miles Davis or is it Kenny G? Who’s the most famous blues musician is it Buddy Guy or is it Eric Clapton? Won’t be long before Maclamore and Ryan Lewis have eclipsed and erased the memory of Tribe Called Quest, N.W.A., Public Enemy and Tupac.

I personally think we’re well on the way since Eminem has been the biggest rapper in the world for quite some time now.

Because that’s exactly what happened with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Zeppelin appropriated the music of Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Robert Johnson, respectively.

All of them, particularly the Stones, worshipped the black artists that had come before them. All of the loved Chuck Berry.

Some of this is inevitable.  When you hit a vein, when you strike a nerve, people all over the world are likely to respond and attempt to participate in what you’ve created.  And in a way, there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it’s done with respect to the historical and original cultural elements unless it’s simply being used as an instant ticket to “coolness” by people who have no clue or understanding of what they’re copying while the money men rake in all the cash and the original artists lose relevance.

When this process began in the ’50-70’s with R&B and Rock in the end what happened was the essential end of the carriers of those original artists, and a completely block wall in front of any artists who wished to follow in their footsteps – if they happened to be Black as the 2005 Documentary Electric Purgatory describes.

When Alan Freed first started playing Black based Rock-n-Roll music on his radio station they called it “Nigger Music” and Freed was called a “Nigger Lover“.

In the sanitized American culture of the 1950’s, Freed’s adventurous habit of programming black music for a white audience led some folks to label him “a nigger lover.”  Many felt that Freed had gone too far when he hosted a 1957 television show that featured black teen idol, Frankie Lymon, dancing with a white girl.  The show was subsequently cancelled by its sponsors.  Freed’s showbiz decline began in earnest when he produced a 1958 concert in Boston which erupted in violence.  There were numerous beatings and stabbings which brought about a widespread boycott of Freed and his shows among concert hall owners.

If you were to use that term today “Nigger Music” most people would think of Hip Hop, not Rock n Roll, yet the largest portion of Hip Hop fandom – is White. [Although in truth, some of that claim is a myth designed to help funnel money to Top 40 Radio and away from Urban Stations which are often responsible for breaking Hip Hop artists in the first place]

I think Amandia has correctly noted how America, and sometimes the world, often depends on the dynamism of Black Culture to keep them entertained, to keep them surprised, to tittilate and sometimes frighten them — but when it comes to truly empathizing with and understanding black people sometimes it just doesn’t translate.  We live as abstractions in their minds, as characatures, as props.  Scary mean villians to fear and dependent, lazy devils to demonize and ridicule.

What were aren’t to them, are People.

They can adopt our hair-styles, which are borne of necessity and invention.  They can adopt our dance styles, they can adopt our music — but what it seems many of them can’t do, and never will have the courage to do, is walk even a single mile in our shoes with the rest of America staring back at them in a mix of wonder, fascination, obsession, fear and revulsion.

Let me leave you with Living Colour’s “Which Way to America” – because many of us know it’s out there, but we have no way of getting there.

Which Way to America?

I look at the T.V.
Your America’s doing well
I look out the window
My America’s catching hell
I just want to know which way do I go to get to your America?
I just want to know which way do I go to get to your America?
I change the channel
Your America’s doing fine
I read the headlines
My America’s doing time
I just want to know which way do I go to get to your America?
I just want to know which way do I go to get to your America?
Go west young, go west young man
Don’t want to crossover
But how do I keep from going under?
Where is my picket fence?
My long, tall glass of lemonade?
Where is my VCR, my stereo, my T.V. show?
I look at the T.V.
I don’t see your America
I look out the window
I don’t see your America
I want to know how to get to your America
I want…

ORIGINALLY POSTED TO VYAN ON FRI APR 17, 2015 AT 10:01 PM BST.

ALSO REPUBLISHED BY BARRIERS AND BRIDGES, SUPPORT THE DREAM DEFENDERS, ANDBLACK KOS COMMUNITY. …………’

 

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